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Cotton Conference Offers Latest on Crop Management

LAS CRUCES - Cotton farmers can fine-tune their operations with information from the ninth annual New Mexico Cotton Growers Cotton Conference Jan. 26 in Ruidoso.

Irrigation equipment stands idle in a cotton field east of Artesia at the end of the season last fall. Cotton producers will learn about the latest cotton research and techniques at the Jan. 26 New Mexico Cotton Growers annual cotton conference in Ruidoso. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

New Mexico Cotton Growers and New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service are sponsoring the conference, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Ruidoso Convention Center.

Topics include water management, drip irrigation and updates on cotton breeding and biological control in field crops.

Among the morning presenters will be NMSU's Robert Flynn, an agronomist and soil scientist, speaking on moisture measurements; and Extension agronomist Denise McWilliams, who will report on drip irrigation trials.

In the afternoon, NMSU's Jinfa Zhang will give an update on breeding Acala and Pima cotton. NMSU assistant professor Scott Bundy will talk about lygus and other cotton pests. NMSU professor Joe Ellington will give long-term perspectives for biological control in field crops and NMSU senior research specialist Tracey Carrillo will speak on precision agriculture in the Mesilla Valley.

Jeff Drake of NASA, who is collaborating with Ellington and Carrillo, will give a technology review.

New seed and agricultural products will be on display from 12 to 12:30 p.m. during a catered lunch. The annual Cotton Growers board meeting is from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Preregistration before Jan. 26 is $15. Registration at the door is $20.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the conference, please contact Mary Curtis at (505) 646-1715 or marycurt@nmsu.edu before the event.